Friday, 16 December 2011

MerRAW Christmas: Russell James' Mince Pies

I couldn't resist reposting this recipe here because it is simply decadence in a red and white outfit (only greener).

If you don't understand what I mean then grab yourself a glass of something nice, make a batch of these and sit back and meditate the meaning of a raw Christmas.

Russell James' Raw Mince Pies
You can give these pies to your loved ones and they’ll never suspect they’re raw unless you decide to tell them! These pies are causing quite a stir in households and offices across the land :) 

Yields 10 – 12 pies 
For the crust 
2 cups cashews 
1 cup oat flour* 
1/4 cup agave nectar/maple syrup/honey 
2 tablespoon water 
3 tablespoons lemon juice 
Pinch salt 

Grind all ingredients in a food processor until thoroughly mixed. Press the mixture into a tart/muffin tray that has been lined in Clingfilm and dehydrate at 105 degrees F for 2-3 hours. Remove the crusts from the cases and dehydrate out of the case for a further 8+ hours, on the mesh dehydrator sheet. 

*Raw out flour is made by milling raw oats in a coffee grinder or high-speed blender. If you don’t have raw oats available and you don’t mind using oats that have been steamed to preserve shelf life, then non-raw oats will also work. 

For the filling 
1 1/2 cups soft dates, stones and flowers removed 
1/2 cup orange juice 
2 apples, chopped small 
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice 
1 cup raisins, roughly chopped 
Pinch salt 

Grind all ingredients except the apple and raisins until they form a paste. Add in the apple and raisins and process for a further 5 – 10 seconds until fully combined. Fill each of the cases with a little of the mixture then top with the cashew icing and a pinch of the nutmeg. 

For the cashew Icing 
1 1/2 cups cashews 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Pinch salt 
3 tablespoons coconut oil 
1/4 cup agave 
1/2 cup water 

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until completely smooth. To garnish use a pinch of nutmeg

Have you discovered the 12 Raw Days of Christmas? Get over to The Raw Food Coach now and check it out for a packageful of wonderful raw Christmas goodies!

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